Los Angeles Destination Guide

Whether it’s iconic Hollywood glamour or the freshest contemporary trends, Los Angeles has it on tap. From the exhibitions not to miss at LA’s leading galleries to exclusive seats at the city’s most coveted concerts and thrilling seasonal entertainment, our pick of the hottest tickets in town guarantees an up-to-the-minute experience of the City of Angels.

Select Fridays through November

Jazz Evenings at LACMA

Bring a picnic and roll out a blanket on LACMA’s front lawn on select Friday nights. The museum hosts jazz concerts headlined by the finest musicians in town, with legends such as Kenny Burrell, Billy Childs, John Clayton, Janis Mann, and Barbara Morrison having wowed audiences in the past.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, 90036
+1 323 857 6000
lacma.org
Image © iStock_FredFroese

Until January 5, 2019

In Focus: The Camera

Since its invention in the early 19th century, the camera has come a long way. Examining just how far, In Focus: The Camera brings together photographs and historic camera equipment from the Getty Museum’s permanent collection. Focal points include flexible film stocks, built-in light meters, motor drives, and megapixels.

The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, 90049
+1 310 440 7300
getty.edu 
Image © Estate of Lisette Model, courtesy of Baudoin Lebon Kaitelman

Until November 10, 2019

Mary Corse: A Survey in Light

Angling the spotlight at American modernist Mary Corse, this exhibition corrals a broad scale of works, from Corse’s early shaped canvases and freestanding sculptures to her breakthrough White Light paintings. Emerging in the 1960s, the abstract visionary is one of the few females associated with the West Coast’s Light and Space movement.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
+1 323 857 6000
lacma.org
Image © Mary Corse_Flying Studio

Until January 20, 2020

Nineteen Nineteen

Inaugurating The Huntington’s centennial celebrations—it has been 100 years since the Huntingtons transformed their property into a public institution—Nineteen Nineteen honours the beloved local institution. More than 250 objects dating back to 1919 are presented, from rare books, German Revolution posters, and suffragist pamphlets to photographs of Halley’s Comet, diary entries, and postcards.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
huntington.org
+1 626 405 2100
Image © The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Until April 5, 2020

Betye Saar: Call and Response

This retrospective is the first complete survey of Betye Saar’s creative career at a Californian museum, and the first anywhere to aim the spotlight on her sketchbooks. Born in 1926, issues of gender, race and spirituality charge her drawings. Saar is one of the most talented artists of her generation, and, as this show demonstrates, she’s not as widely celebrated as her skills merit.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
lacma.org
+1 323 857 6000
Image © The artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California

Until February 16, 2020

Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again

Initiated by the Broad, this exhibition shines the spotlight on Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat. From her recent video work, which includes a film featuring Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman, to her compelling portfolio of portraiture and photography, Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again explores 25 years of Neshat’s impassioned career.

The Broad, 21 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

+1 213 232 6250
thebroad.org
Image © Shirin Neshat/courtesy of the artist

Until May 11, 2020

With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985

Fashioned by 50 American artists, a dizzying curation of mixed media works covering the years from 1972 to 1985 fill the display cases at this eclectic exhibition. With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 is the first large-scale review of a boundary-pushing American art movement.

MOCA, 250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 626 6222
moca.org
Image © MOCA/gift of Paula and Allan Rudnick

Through April, 2020

Los Angeles Clippers 2019-2020 Season

One of two professional basketball teams in Los Angeles, the LA Clippers’ latest season will kick off at the end of October. Based in the Staples Center, the team maintain a friendly rivalry with the LA Lakers, with whom they share the stadium. Attendees can look forward to an electric atmosphere on the court and in the stands.

Staples Center, 1111 S Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

+1 213 204 2900
nba.com/clippers
Image © iStock/Moses Kinna

Until December 8, 2019

Macbeth

Known for his appearances in Game of Thrones, Black Hawk Down and The Other Woman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars as the ruthless lead in this harrowing production of Shakespeare’s enduring tragedy. When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to be king, the Scottish general takes matters into his own hands. Another Game of Thrones alumnus, Matt Shakman directs.

Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave
Los Angeles, 90024

+1 310 208 5454
geffenplayhouse.org
Image © Geffen Playhouse

November 14 – 21, 2019

AFI Fest 2019

Sponsored by the American Film Institute, the annual AFI Fest is a celebration of the brightest talent in American cinema. The week-long program comprises exclusive screenings, red carpet galas, expert talks, after-parties and myriad other special events that are free to the public and well-attended by the darlings of Hollywood.

Various location across Los Angeles
+1 866 234 3378
afi.com
Image © AFI/Randall Michelson

November 16 – December 15, 2019

The Magic Flute

This dazzling Belle Époque-inspired production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute stands out for its ingenious surrealist edge. One of the composer’s final works, the two-act opera includes the dramatic Queen of the Night aria, performed with spectacular flair by LA Opera’s cast.

LA Opera, 135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, 90012

+1 213 972 8001
laopera.org
Image © LA Opera

November 10, 2019 – October 25, 2020

Do Ho Suh: 348 West 22nd Street

Do Ho Suh’s full-size reconstructions of his previous homes in South Korea, Rhode Island, Berlin, London and New York are all cast from fabric, polyester and steel. Suh’s 348 West 22nd Street is a polyester replica of his ground-floor residence in New York, and those who enter are invited to explore the ghost of his previous address.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, 90036

+1 323 857 6000
lacma.org
Image © iStock/Deberarr

November 22 – December 1, 2019

Los Angeles Auto Show

The first major car show of the season, the Los Angeles Auto Show pulls into town with ten days of high-octane engines and roaring horse power. Open to the public, it’s the country’s largest car market, with big players such as Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, BMW and Mercedes-Benz unveiling their latest models to browse and buy.

Los Angeles Convention Center
+1 310 444 1850
laautoshow.com
Image © LA Auto Show

December 2019

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening

A spectacular Renzo Piano-designed tribute to the silver screen, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is scheduled to open its doors in December. Film buffs who can clock a Kubrick from a Kramer can admire Hollywood’s most treasured relics—Dorothy’s red slippers included—with the Oscars Experience an apt nod to sheer star-studded glamour.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
+1 310 247 3000
academymuseum.org
Image © A.M.P.A.S

November, 2019 – January, 2020

Enchanted Forest of Light

Side-step the city’s bustle for a magical evening stroll through the Descanso Garden’s Enchanted Forest of Light. Open only after dark, visitors are invited to wander along an immersive, mile-long route, marvelling at colourful light displays and electrifying illuminations from start to show-stopping finish.

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr
La Cañada Flintridge, CA
descansogardens.org

Image © Cal Bingham

December 21 – 22, 2019

Holiday Sing-A-Long

Get into the holiday spirit with an evening of festive cheer that celebrates some of today’s most loved Christmas classics in the illustrious company of the LA Philharmonic. The venue’s powerful pipe organ, seasoned choir and a troupe of skilled jazz musicians raise the roof, while audience members are encouraged to sing along to popular favourites.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 323 850 2000
laphil.com
Image © iStock/Thinkstock

December, 2019 – January, 2020

Grinchmas

Universal Studios Hollywood stages its popular Grinchmas in time for the festive season. One of the theme park’s most sought-after holiday highlights, the sparkling musical spirits audiences to Whoville, the setting for Doctor Seuss’ classic holiday tale. This live performance, starring everyone’s favourite Grinch, of course, features an original score guaranteed to get even the most ‘bah-humbug’ of visitors into the Christmas mood.

Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal City, CA 91608
+1 800 86 8377
universalstudioshollywood.com
Image © Universal Studios Hollywood

November – December, 2019

Holiday Shopping in Beverly Hills

Known for its chic shopping streets and wealth of prestigious fashion boutiques, Beverly Hills is the place to find that perfect present. Enjoy a glittering shopping spree down the world-famous Rodeo drive, or head for Westfield Century City’s big-name department stores to tick off the gift list under one roof.

Various locations across Beverly Hills
Image © iStock/Rob Pauley

Until March 2, 2020

By Day & By Night: Paris in the Belle Époque

Known as the Golden Age of Paris, the Belle Époque at the turn of the 20th century saw a blossoming of the arts, culture and architecture across the French capital. By Day & By Night celebrates the heady joie de vivre that informed the provocative creative styles of the day. From Toulouse-Lautrec’s frothy pastels to Bonnard’s bold canvases, it’s a must for those with an eye for Art Nouveau and Impressionism.

Norton Simon Museum
411 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91105
+1 626 449 6840
www.nortonsimon.org
Image © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Painting Paris in the Belle Époque
Artwork from LACMA exhibit
Until February 2, 2020

Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge

What Turner is to landscape paintings, contemporary photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper is to prints. This retrospective is an impressively wrought curation of 65 immense monochromes, each focusing a fresh light on the Atlantic Basin from various co-ordinates. The result is a stunning, light-infused celebration of otherworldly naturescapes, ingeniously shot with a 19th-century Agfa Ansco camera.

LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
+1 323 857 6000
www.lacma.org
Image © iStock/MatViv80

January 5 – February 9, 2020

2020 Awards Season

Roll out the red carpet for the darlings of Hollywood as Los Angeles’ awards season kicks off with the Golden Globes on January 5. Paying tribute to this year’s priceless contributions to the entertainment industry, the season ticks off the Critics Choice Awards on January 12 and Grammys on January 26, culminating with the star-studded Academy Awards on February 9.

Various locations
Image © iStock/BoskoJr

Red carpet for award season in Los Angeles
Scene from play at the Ahmanson theatre
January 14 – February 16, 2020

The Last Ship

Not only did Grammy award-winning singer Sting pen evocative musical The Last Ship, he stars in it, too. The script follows a British sailor as he returns home to England to discover his town undergoing profound social change, with residents struggling to see eye-to-eye on pressing issues. It’s a stirring comment on the power of community, but even more compelling is the dramatic score that accompanies it.

Ahmanson Theatre
135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 628 2772
www.centertheatregroup.org
Image © Ahmanson Theatre

January – April, 2020

LA Lakers Home Games

Local sporting legends the Los Angeles Lakers are set to shoot a series of competitive slam dunks against the best basketball teams in the country at their home stadium from January. It’s an exciting time to visit the City of Angels, with sports enthusiasts lining up to cheer as the country’s finest NBA players go neck and neck on the court.

Staples Center
1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
+1 213 742 7100
nba.com
Image © iStock/-Ivinist-

Lakers Game basketball net
Art show at the Hanger in Santa Monica
February 14 – 16, 2020

Art Los Angeles Contemporary

The West Coast’s International Contemporary Art Fair returns to the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. The fair angles the spotlight at established and emerging galleries from across the globe, with a strong focus on Los Angeles’ galleries. Attendees can also participate in an inspiring agenda of artist talks, as well as interactive events and screenings.

The Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405
+1 323 851 7530
artlosangelesfair.com
Image © Michael Underwood

April 9, 2019 – April 19, 2020

Flight of the Fancy: The Galle Chandelier

Gérard Jean Galle made a beautifully embellished bronze chandelier, which resembles a hot air balloon, in around 1818-19. Today, the French caster and gilder’s astonishing piece takes pride of place at this Getty Museum exhibition. Flight of the Fancy: The Galle Chandelier showcases Galle’s dazzling fixture, considered overwhelmingly modern at the time of its inception.

The Getty
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
+1 310 440 7300
getty.edu
Image © J. Paul Getty Trust

Gold Galle Chandelier Getty Museum
Opera singer Eurydice
February 1 – 23, 2020

Eurydice

Danielle de Niese enthrals, as she returns to LA Opera for the title role of Eurydice. This compelling new opera reimagines ancient Greek mythology for a modern age–from the stance of the female lead. Plunged into the Underworld on her wedding day, a young bride reconnects with her adoring father. But, offered the chance to leave and return to her husband, she faces an unbearable choice.

LA Opera, 35 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 972 8001
laopera.org
Image © Chris Dunlop/DECCA

January 18 – February 23, 2020

Cirque du Soleil: VOLTA

The inimitable Cirque du Soleil welcomes viewers of all ages for a joyful celebration of acrobatic circus. As part of its American tour, VOLTA launches into the Dodger Stadium from January to February. VOLTA is a family-friendly show that tells the tale of gameshow contestant WAZ, who needs to reconnect with his true self, finding self-acceptance and freedom on the way.

Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 323 224 2611
mlb.com/dodgers

Cirque du Soleil
Julie Mehretu LACMA until April 2019
Until May 17, 2020

Julie Mehretu

Taking visitors on a transcending visual voyage of colonialism, capitalism, unrest, diaspora, war and more, LACMA presents the first ever retrospective of Julie Mehretu. The Ethiopian-born, American artist is best known for her large-scale, abstract canvases and this survey includes 35 of Mehretu’s key paintings, in addition to 40 intricate works on paper.

LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

+1 323 857 6000
lacma.org
Image © LACMA/Julie Mehretu

February 14 – 16, 2020

Frieze Art Fair

Paramount Pictures Studios is the setting for the city’s second helping of the Frieze Art Fair this February. Gathering together art enthusiasts, dealers and galleries, the fair provides the opportunity to browse, buy and showcase contemporary art. Elsewhere, a compelling programme of talks, performances, installations and gallery openings will ensure Frieze makes its mark.

Paramount Pictures Studios
5515 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
+1 213 820 1200
frieze.com
Image © Frieze/Linda Nylind

Frieze art show gallery photo